Lynk launches essential delivery service for Dublin businesses and customers affected by Covid-19

Lynk Delivery will see over 2000 drivers help grocers, pharmacists and other local businesses deliver direct to their customers’ doors with no person-to-person contact

Lynk, Dublin’s taxi booking app, has launched a new ‘Lynk Delivery’ service to support local businesses and customers affected by Covid-19. The service sees Lynk Delivery drivers collect shopping from a wide range of businesses across the capital and deliver them direct to customers’ doors. The move will help people in the local community who are unable to leave their homes to arrange delivery from their local stores, newsagents, chemists and other essential services.

Since restrictions related to the Covid-19 virus were introduced, demand for deliveries of takeaways, groceries, medicines and even flowers has soared. Already, many business are struggling to deliver on-time, and Lynk’s new service will support both businesses and consumers:

Local businesses can access the Lynk delivery platform on www.book.lynk.ie or call directly to order a delivery quickly and easily. The business simply enters the customer’s name or order number, their delivery address and a contact number for the customer. Stores can also book multiple deliveries in a single delivery run.

Customers at home can organise a delivery from their local store by using the new “Delivery” feature on the Lynk app.  Again this is a simple process where shopping is ordered directly from a store’s website or over the phone. Customers then open the Lynk app and set the pick-up address of the local store and the delivery address. Deliveries can also be booked for friends or relatives.

With a team of 2000 drivers, Lynk aims to deliver within 30 minutes, and the delivery can be booked, paid for and tracked online which means most orders will be contact-free. Lynk has thousands of protective masks for drivers and are encouraging drivers to use latex gloves. Lynk estimates it has the capacity to deliver 250,000 deliveries per month.

Noel Ebbs, CEO of Lynk, said: “Local businesses across Dublin are facing unprecedented challenges while consumers are struggling to get access to many basic goods. We’re working with a wide range of businesses including local grocers and pharmacies as well as dry cleaners and florists.

“Customers who don’t want to leave their home can use the Lynk app to easily arrange a delivery for themselves or a loved one. Businesses who might be overrun with deliveries can log in to book a nearby delivery driver. Our delivery person will ring the doorbell, step back and the customer collects the items from their doorstep. There is no person-to-person contact and the two-metre distance should be maintained at all times.

“Many businesses may not have had a delivery option in the past, but this is a simple solution that can ensure they stay connected to their customers and help us all get through the current crisis together without the need for complex integrations, downloads or contractual commitments.”

The Lynk app is available to download from the Apple and Playstore, while local stores looking to get set up can book or register at www.book.lynk.ie

Free on hold Covid 19 information for businesses

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many companies are reporting a significant increase in call volume – leading to prolonged hold times for anxious callers.

In an effort to support Irish businesses during this challenging time, we have produced a complimentary downloadable music on hold message, which is available at www.audiocom.ie

These informative on-hold messages help businesses to educate callers on how to stay safe and prevent a greater outbreak.

The information contained in the on-hold messages is disseminated from trustworthy resources such as the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

These are extraordinary, uncharted times and we want to do our part to assist in providing accurate, reassuring information to the public.

SEDA College offers free online English language classes to all foreign students across the world whose education has been affected by Covid-19

  • Many English language colleges in Ireland and globally have closed abruptly with no alternative arrangements put in place for their students
  • 800 students from other colleges in Ireland have already signed up to SEDA College’s online classes

SEDA College, one of Ireland’s top English language colleges, has announced it is offering free classes to all foreign students across Ireland and the world whose courses have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The free classes are being made available to all foreign students attending any English language college in any country – not just those at SEDA College in Dublin.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and preventative measures announced by the Irish Government, SEDA College closed on 12 March, and has continued to make online resources available to their 1,200 Dublin based students who are from 40 different countries.

However, many other English language colleges in Ireland and further afield have closed abruptly due to Covid-19, offering no alternative arrangements to students. As a result, SEDA College has now stepped up to make access to its broadcasted online classes available to all these students. Already 800 students from other schools across Ireland and the world have taken up the offer. This figure is expected to rise substantially in the coming days.

Tiago Mascarenhas, CEO of SEDA College, said: “Many schools across Ireland and beyond have shut without offering a plan B to language students, but it’s more important than ever that students are able to continue studying and improving their English. We already have a very comprehensive online platform in place and this can be accessed remotely and while on-the-go. We currently have 200,000 students from around the world registered on this platform, and we’re delighted to be in a position to open it to others who need our help at this challenging time. The service will be made freely available to all students, no matter where they have previously been studying.”

The free broadcast classes are held throughout the day and can be accessed here.

SEDA College is a Dublin-based educational institution which offers English language courses for all levels – from beginner to advanced. SEDA College is recognised and accredited by ACELS, the Irish quality body for language schools, and EAQUALS, the European quality body. These two quality marks ensure that international students choosing SEDA College can expect the highest standard of education.

Operating since 2009, SEDA College has an annual enrolment of approximately 1,200 students from all over the world. This year the college welcomed pupils from over 40 different nationalities, including Brazil, Spain, Italy, Panama, Mexico, Argentina, South Korea, Malawi, Japan, Taiwan and South Africa. The diversity ensures a great experience for students and brings an excellent atmosphere to the classrooms.

Located on Capel Street in Dublin 1, the custom-built venue has 28 classrooms, a library, study areas, an IT lab and dedicated student areas. SEDA College employs 55 people. With 54 English classes taking place every day, students are fully immersed in learning the language, which helps develop fluency. A variety of globally acknowledged exams can be taken at SEDA at the end of each course, including Cambridge PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS exams.

SEDA College has offices in Brazil, Mexico, Panama and Chile – all of which market Ireland and SEDA College as a study destination for English language students. The college recently established its first overseas language school in Brazil which will deliver English courses to students there.

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Guidewire sign up for new Headquarters in Stemple Exchange

  • Largest letting for the northern Dublin suburbs in over 10 years
  • Office to accommodate almost 500 employees

Software company Guidewire has signed a lease on 1 Stemple Exchange in Blanchardstown Corporate Park, which is under construction and close to completion. The deal, brokered by Lisney, represents the largest office letting in the north suburbs in over 10 years at 7,912 square metres (85,164 square foot).

The new HQ will accommodate almost 500 Guidewire employees when construction finishes later this year.

Paul Hipwell, Divisional Director of Office Agency with Lisney, says:

“Although not yet completed, Guidewire were very clear about committing to Blanchardstown Corporate Park. The buildings are of an extremely high quality with LEED Gold and are akin to new docklands buildings. Much of Blanchardstown Corporate Park’s recent success can be attributed to the developer – The Channor Group – and their simple formula of providing a highly desirable staff lifestyle that corporate tenants now recognise as essential in attracting talent in a competitive labour market.”

The Channor Group has implemented a hugely successful new social and business programme which includes food markets, weekly yoga classes, bootcamps and regular business briefings.

Darren Harrison, The Channor Group, says:

“The collective offering has been a phenomenal success and is very appealing when coupled with the relatively un-tapped and affordable talent pool off the adjacent N2 and N3 routes.”

The surge in interest for Blanchardstown Corporate Park has also seen Sisk, Sensori Facilities Management, Vision Blue Solutions, Emerson, and BHP Insurance all committing to the park in the last 6 months, with several other significant new deals agreed.

Lisney represented The Channor Group in the Guidewire negotiations, which began over a year ago, while Rita Carney of JLL acted for Guidewire.  Lisney is the sole letting agent for Blanchardstown Corporate Park and is now turning its focus to 2 Stemple Exchange, where construction has already commenced.

AirSpeed Telecom rolls out high-speed 500Mbs broadband service to Kells Tech Hub, Co. Meath, ensuring always-on connectivity for state-of-the-art co-working facility

AirSpeed Telecom, a leading provider of high-performance telecommunications products and services to enterprise, public sector and small to medium sized businesses, is now delivering speeds of up to 500Mb to the Kells Tech Hub in Co. Meath. The always-on high-speed broadband will be delivered to the facility which boasts 68 co-working spaces, a 120-seater auditorium and 2,000 square foot dedicated innovation zone.

The Kells Tech Hub is a world class enterprise development, training and co-working facility that seeks to support start-ups and SME’s to scale and go global, while also supporting regional development by acting as a strategic landing hub for FDI and a viable outreach hub for large city-based employers.

The Kells Tech Hub is home to a number of start-up businesses including Unicorn Magic, which uses AI to create apps for Google, and 5D Design, which utilises Computer Aided Design to build 3D prototype solutions for the mechanical and plastic parts industries. creating efficiencies on production lines. These businesses require guaranteed high-speed connectivity at all times, which has been made possible by the service provided by AirSpeed Telecom. In addition, the bandwidth is scalable and will allow Kells Tech Hub to expand, depending on future needs.

Gary O’Meara, CEO of Meath Enterprise which operates the Kells Tech Hub, says:

“Meath Enterprise has formed a close partnership with AirSpeed Telecom, which has been critical to delivering high-speed broadband to the area. The connectivity into the hub will allow us to provide state of the art facilities for small businesses located in the region, as well as those who normally have to commute from Kells to Dublin. We’re delighted that this service will help enable digital businesses to grow and thrive in our facility.”

Speaking on behalf of AirSpeed Telecom, Managing Director, Charles O’Reilly said:

“We’re delighted to provide a 500mb connection into the Kells Tech Hub. It’s an exciting project to work on and is making a real difference to the lives of the people using the hub. Through our commitment to improving rural connectivity, this initiative aims to allows people in Kells to work smarter, have a better work-life balance. It will also create employment opportunities for the people of Kells and surrounding areas.”

Delivering bespoke solutions over fibre, wireless and copper infrastructure, AirSpeed Telecom works with businesses on the island of Ireland across a range of sectors, including financial services, construction, food and beverage and hospitality. Among the clients that AirSpeed Telecom is proud to work with are Chill, Keelings, Manor Farm and Kilsaran.

An Post and Core Sponsorship win Grand Prix at European Awards

  • Core Sponsorship picks up the award for the An Post Irish Book Awards at the European Sponsorship Association Awards
  • An Post Irish Book Awards also won the Best Newcomer and Arts and Culture awards
  • Core Sponsorship won a further award for Strong Roots in the Media Sponsorship category

Core Sponsorship, part of Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, was awarded four awards at the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) Awards, including winner of the overall Sponsorship of the Year Award. This event, hosted by the European Sponsorship Association, recognises industry excellence right across Europe.

In 2018, Ringers Creative developed the #ReadersWanted platform for The An Post Irish Book Awards and have collaborated with Core Sponsorship, Core Creative and Starcom over the past two years. The campaign picked up three awards at the ceremony held in London, in categories, Best Newcomer, Arts and Culture and the Grand Prix European Sponsorship of the Year. 

Speaking about the winner, the judges said “The An Post Irish Book Awards were recognised by the judges as an outstanding new sponsorship. Built on strong customer insight and a clear business challenge, the sponsorship was able to deliver the desired results with great speed. The care given to the activation of the partnership was apparent and allowed this application to stand out as ESA’s Sponsorship of the Year.”

Louise Cronje, Sponsorship Manager at An Post, said; “At An Post, our brand purpose is to act for the common good, to improve the quality of life in Ireland now and for generations to come. With this in mind, An Post are proud sponsors of the Irish Book Awards since 2018, and have worked with the collaborative team to bring #ReadersWanted to life to help more Irish people fall in love with reading. We are delighted that this work has been recognised by the European Sponsorship Association as outstanding in this field across Europe.”

Speaking about the wins, Jill Downey, Managing Director of Core Sponsorship said, “this year, Core Sponsorship celebrates its fifth birthday and we are delighted to mark this milestone with award winning work. The right mix of sponsorship valuation, a strategic platform, engaging activation and strong evaluation were the ingredients to creating high performing work and we are thrilled that this work has been recognised across Europe.”

Core Sponsorship also scooped a fourth award for the Strong Roots Media Sponsorship of Virgin Media Television’s coverage of the Guinness Six Nations.

Last week, the An Post Irish Book Awards also picked up an award for the Best Use of Video at the Digital Media Awards in Dublin for its 2019 #ReadersWanted campaign.

Core Sponsorship is part of Dublin-based marketing communications company Core. The company employs a team of 321 people and consists of nine practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy.

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